David Yelland
David William Yelland

Years active1974-2020

David William Yelland (born 1947) is an English film, stage and television actor.

Life and career

After reading English[1] at Magdalene College, Cambridge,[2] he began his career as an actor with three years at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre.[1] He has since appeared in numerous stage plays and television productions.[3][4] Perhaps his most famous role was that of the future Edward VIII in the film Chariots of Fire.[5]

He performed in the lead role of the BBC Television serial David Copperfield (1974), and is known for his portrayal of Nicholas Rumpole in the Thames Television series Rumpole of the Bailey, as the father of the main character in the London Weekend Television serial A Little Princess (1986), and for his role as a regular in ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot as Poirot's valet, George.[4] At the end of 2007 he played Ralph Nickleby in a revival of the play The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, alongside his daughter, Hannah.[6]

In 2016, Yelland played the role of Martin Bell in the BBC television film Reg.[7]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1974 David Copperfield David Copperfield TV Series, 5 episodes
1975-1979 Rumpole of the Bailey Nick Rumpole TV Series, 3 episodes
1981 Chariots of Fire Prince of Wales
1981 Othello Cassio TV movie
1982 Nancy Astor Davis Astor TV series, 2 episodes
1982 Spider's Web Jeremy Warrender TV film
1987 A Little Princess Captain Crewe TV Series, 4 episodes
1989 Agatha Christie’s Poirot Laverton West TV Series, Episode: “Murder in the Mews”
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby TV movie
2006 The Line of Beauty John Timms TV Series, 2 episodes
2006-2013 Agatha Christie’s Poirot George TV Series, 7 episodes
2007-2016 Midsomer Murders TV Series, 2 episodes "Death and Dust" (ep. 56), James Kirkwood (2007); and "Harvest of Souls" (S18E6), Jasper Wyham (2016)
2010 Foyle's War Sir Charles Devereaux TV Series, 1 episode: "The Hide"
2011 Coriolanus TV Pundit
2012 Private Peaceful General Haig
2016 The Crown Commander Vyner TV Series, 1 episode: “Pride & Joy”
2017 Father Brown Wilbur Lesser TV Series, 1 episode: "The Smallest of Things"
2017 Endeavour Sir Merlyn Chubb TV Series, 1 episode: "Lazaretto"
2017 Happy End Le directeur de la banque anglaise
2018 Hunter Killer SECDEF


  1. ^ a b "Autobiographical details from Chichester Festival Theatre". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Alumni of Magdalene College, Cambridge Topics at DuckDuckGo". duckduckgo.com.
  3. ^ "David Yelland | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  4. ^ a b "David Yelland". BFI.
  5. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Chariots of Fire (1981) Credits". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  6. ^ "Theatre review: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and touring". British Theatre Guide.
  7. ^ "BBC One: Reg". BBC Online. Retrieved 7 June 2016.